Southern Link Road work takes significant steps forward

Work on the Southern Link Road has recently taken a couple of very important steps forward, with the installation of the main span of the Broomhall Way Footbridge and the bridge widening works on Carrington Bridge.

The main span of the Broomhall Way Footbridge was moved into place over the weekend of Friday 4th – Monday 7th December.

The bridge, once complete, will allow for better and safer crossing of this busy road for pedestrians and cyclists. It will provide a link between the new commercial and housing development on the south of the A4440 to Power Park in St Peter’s on the north.

Further works are needed before the bridge becomes operational, including the construction of approach ramps and wider connection to the existing highway network on both sides of the road. Along with raising the footpaths in Power Park above the area that floods frequently, other works include the installation of a land drainage system, repositioning of the football pitch and landscaping.

Broomhall Way Footbridge is one of four crossings being installed as part of the wider Southern Link Road scheme. They include Crookbarrow Way Footbridge, which opened for use earlier this year, the Hams Way Footbridge and an underpass near the Ketch roundabout.

Further west on the Southern Link Road, the widening works on Carrington Bridge are a key part of the fourth and final phase of scheme to fully dual the A4440 Southern Link Road from Junction 7 of the M5 to the Powick Roundabout.

The steel frames for the span were lifted into place in October and it was a fantastic effort by everyone. The work involved the installation of steel fabricated in Darlington and installed using one of the biggest cranes in the UK.

The next step will involve over 100 five tonne concrete planks being laid to form the bridge deck where concrete is then poured to form a solid structure.

Works to join the bridge to the carriageway that has already been constructed, which includes the widened Powick viaduct, with the extended bridge will begin early next year.